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Students and Staff

If you are interested in arts and culture then Attenborough Arts Centre is the place to get your fix, especially as it’s located right on your university campus!

As a student studying at the University of Leicester there is loads to enjoy at Attenborough Arts. If you like being creative, you can learn a new art or craft every week with our brand new creative course ‘Wildcard Wednesdays’ for just £3 per class.

If you like music, spoken word or dance, you can experience the best local live music at one of our buzzing Gallery Late events. If you’re looking for work experience you can join our pool of volunteers. Or if you just want somewhere to hang out on campus, you’ll love our café bar.

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Free Exhibitions

Mik Godley

Mik Godley's Considering Silesia

Attenborough Arts Centre invites you to our first exhibition of the season, observing the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, which increasingly enables us to virtually “visit” parts of the world and connect with strangers without leaving home.

Mik Godley is an artist and art school lecturer based in Nottingham. He is a painter who makes work using both traditional analogue painting techniques and digital iPad technology. His ongoing body of work ‘Considering Silesia’ was initiated in 2003, and explores the artist’s Anglo-German heritage, cultural memory, displacement and migration.  

‘Considering Silesia’ observes the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, which increasingly enables us to virtually “visit” parts of the world and connect with strangers without leaving home. Despite having never visited his mother’s homeland, Lower Silesia, Mik’s work documents the landscape and architecture of the region through images, video footage and maps found online. 

Student activities

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Wildcard Wednesday

Every Wednesday, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Wildcard Wednesday is a weekly event to learn new crafts. Join us for this great opportunity to relax, make new friends, and try a range of crafts from pottery to painting or embroidery to tie-dye! Each week will be something different and you won’t know what you’ll be doing until you begin.
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Pottery for all Drop-in

£12 | Every Tuesday, 1.30pm – 4pm
Tutor: Dee Barnes
A drop-in class for beginners, newcomers and regulars to learn without the commitment to a 10 week course. Each week you will learn pinch, slab and coiling techniques, and how these can be utilised to create imaginative and practical pieces of pottery. Dee will help you to make your ideas come alive, creating pieces such as mugs, ceramic boxes, vases, or decorative ornaments. You will learn how to apply slips and glazes, adding colour and decoration to your creations.
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Independent Life Drawing

£10/£5 | Every Tuesday, 1.30pm – 4pm
Tutor: Jeremy Barnes
Drop-in whenever it suits you to practice your life drawing in a supportive environment. Booking advised to avoid disappointment. Please note only newsprint is provided and you will be required to bring your own drawing materials.

Creative learning courses

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Art courses for all

Drop In / If your timetable is unpredictable or you’d like to test the waters trying something new, then pop along to our drop in classes any time.

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Your place to relax on campus

Take a moment to relax in Gallery 3, our new COVID-safe social space. With socially distanced seating, music, you can experience art in a way you haven’t before.

NUS and theatre tickets

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More events coming soon.

Feel comfortable trying something new?

Philharmonia Scholarship

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Develop your musical skills with the best

The University of Leicester has a long-established relationship with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra. As part of this arrangement, we are able to offer this scholarship under which talented student musicians receive one-on-one training from members of the Philharmonia.

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Work with us

We would be happy to explore with you and your department how we might add value to
your planning for the new academic year.